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How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut

How to Grow Out a Pixie Cut (Without the Awkwardness)

Whether you're seriously regretting that pixie cut or just ready for a longer look, Allure has tips on how to grow it out in style.

Is the pixie craze already over? Miley Cyrus recently announced that she's been tugging her hair at night and taking Viviscal to speed up growth. From personal experience, I know what it's like to be impatient with a short haircut. Here's how to grow out your pixie more gracefully (like Natalie Portman) and less like a crazy person (that would be me).

Cut your hair. Personally, I thought avoiding scissors entirely was the fastest way to restore length. Not true, says hairstylist Matt Fugate, who advises getting a neck trim every four weeks. "Always keep the back of a pixie cut looking strong, and build the rest of your hair toward that length, toward a bob," he says. "I always say if you're going to grow it out, grow it out pretty."


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Embrace your length. I had no faith that my hair postpixie was anything but a mistake, so I never once picked up a cool hair accessory, a flat iron, or tried a styling wax. Take a cue from Emma Watson: she spiked her hair up, slicked it back, and wasn't afraid to try a messy braid or glitzy accessory during the awkward phase. To tame uneven locks, Fugate likes Dove Style + Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum ($5), which flattens the hair and adds shine without any grease.

Keep your hair healthy. If you really want a longer style, don't damage short hair by over-processing it with color, heat, and product (we're talking to you Miley). Fugate suggests using a mini-flat iron to smooth puffiness. If you want to go the supplement route (i.e. Viviscal and Biotin), you should be prepared to wait. "It could be three months before visible results, and six before you see significant change," he says. "Don't get discouraged."

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